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Cooking lesson conducted in a Paris vacation rental apartment?

Watson Mar 23, 2011 08:11 AM

Twice when in Italy, in Florence and Lucca, we were able to get a cook (and her assistant) to come to our rental flat and show us how to cook an Italian meal. It was very hands on and then they left us at the flat to enjoy the results of our cooking lesson.

We'd like to do the same while in Paris but all the cooking lessons I've seen require attendance at a school or the cooking instructor's kitchen. Does anyone know if there are cooking instructors who will come to your flat? We're not looking for anything as serious as Cordon Bleu.

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  1. Parigi RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 01:56 AM


    Complicated cooking made simple, by an instructor who is naturally generous and curious. Gave us a real breakthrough.

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      ChefJune RE: Parigi Mar 24, 2011 08:13 AM

      I highly recommend that suggestion. ;)

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        Jake Dear RE: Parigi Mar 24, 2011 11:11 AM

        I too agree with Parigi. Julot/ Julien, aka Souphie on this site, is an obvious and perfect recommendation for something like this. We will not soon forget the excellent entire day we spent shopping at various markets and shops with him (being driven around in that crazy 1995 Citro├źn with the fantastic suspension) before making a great dinner with him in the apartment. The real Souphie is even more fun and impressive than the virtual one. -- Jake

      2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 08:16 AM

        Julien Tort at zeparisian.com is quite knowledgeble, mellow and speaks English better than l do. He also knows sourcing as well as anyone can and for me the hardest part of cooking is finding the correct ingredients.

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          Watson RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 11:08 AM

          Thank you, merci, all. I've contacted Julien and hopefully, we will be able to find a suitable date when we are in Paris.

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            Ptipois RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 02:24 PM

            Not really for you since you've already contacted my friend Julot, but I would like to mention that I provide a similar service as a cooking and shopping instructor (has to be in a rental apartment).

            The rules of the game: tell me what recipes and preparations you want to know about, then we talk about it, I take a look at the kitchen, we go to the market together and we cook it together (and eat it together).

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              Watson RE: Ptipois Mar 24, 2011 02:59 PM

              Ptipois (love your name), do you have a website? I don't know why I found it so difficult to find this kind of service in Paris when it was so easy for Italy.

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                Parigi RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 03:05 PM

                This is Pti's excellent website:

                My my, what a nice bday dinner... :-)

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                  mangeur RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 03:12 PM

                  Interestingly, as you enjoyed this service twice in Italy, you can enjoy it twice also in Paris with these two extraordinary cooking experts! Lucky, lucky you!

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                    Jake Dear RE: mangeur Mar 24, 2011 03:40 PM

                    Mangeur -- perfect point! And: Wasn't there some talk a while back about Ptipois possibly also opening a dedicated place for classes? (Sign us up when you do!)

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                      Parigi RE: Jake Dear Mar 24, 2011 03:42 PM

                      Sign us up too!

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                        Ptipois RE: Parigi Mar 24, 2011 04:40 PM

                        With pleasure... But first I'll have to visit a lot of markets and teach a lot of classes in rental apartment kitchens or private kitchens before I can sign you up.

                        And, incidentally, perhaps start making a few euros on my books as well if I can manage that.

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                    Ptipois RE: Watson Mar 24, 2011 04:37 PM

                    My website (kindly provided by Parigi) is actually my blog, and if indeed you may catch a glimpse of my culinary adventures there, it does not show a lot of recipes (actually less and less of them since I started it in 2005).
                    The reason is that I am a culinary writer and recipe creator, and I do not usually put my work on my blog - except sometimes when I have a book out, or when something really funny or interesting happened with something I worked on during the day.
                    I am planning on having a website, but haven't had the time to work on it yet.

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